Questions of Practice: Flamenco Master Israel Galván on Reinvigorating Tradition
22 May 2014
Flamenco purists may consider Israel Galván a rebel, though he doesn’t see it that way. The maverick choreographer and dancer, who grew up in a prominent flamenco family in Seville, has incorporated an eclectic blend of influences into his performances, blurring the lines of innovation and tradition.
An award-winning flamenco master, Israel Galván grew up learning and dancing with his father, the dancer José Galvan, and his mother, Eugenia de los Reyes. In 1994, he joined the Compañia Andaluza de Danza, and he formed his own company in 1998. Galván has created several risk-taking flamenco works, such as La Metamorfosis (2000), his flamenco version of Kafka’s novel; Arena (2004); La Edad de Oro (2005); La Curva (2010), and others. Galván has been honored with the Max Award for Performing Arts; the New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for Outstanding Production; the Golden Fine Arts Medal, awarded by the Council of Ministers of Spain; and the National Dance Award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, “for his ability to generate a new creation of flamenco art without forgetting the true roots that have sustained it until today and make it a universal genre.”